The Trail Running Film Festival Is Back

With over 60 on-the-ground events and virtual watch parties, one of the sport’s most vibrant film festivals is hitting the road to offer new screenings in the U.S. and internationally

Photo: Courtesy Trail Running Film Festival

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After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Trail Running Film Festival is having its most widespread tour yet, offering over 60 event dates and locations around the country and world, from Florida, to Switzerland, to a number of mountain towns (potentially) near you.

Started in March and running through August, the festival offers nine films that will be playing in barns, greenhouses, and theaters everywhere, as they will be hosted by local groups enthusiastic about the joy and inspiration these films bring. And what better time of year to sit with other trail lovers in your community and build stoke for the coming trail season?!

New Films, New Locations

Each selected film centers around trail running of course, but the festival is offering a diverse menu of narrative throughlines. The films challenge traditional perspectives, celebrate diversity, and confront climate change.

(Photo: Courtesy Trail Running Film Festival)

Here are three films from this year’s festival that we’re excited about:

Chasing Crazy

Chasing Crazy is a film about GirlGangCrazy, the first group of exclusively Black and Brown women to complete The Speed Project, an unsanctioned race across the desert from Santa Monica to Las Vegas where expectations go out the window and self-celebration is a top priority.

Faith in the Future

Faith in the Future is a film set in the charred remains of Oregon after climate change-fueled wildfires devastated ecosystems, and communities are relearning how to live with these extreme events. The film follows pro runner Mario Mendoza Jr. as he explores how wildfires are affecting his life as a runner, father, and pastor.


Solo is the story of Jenny Tough’s goal to run across six mountain ranges in six continents. As the name suggests, she did this…solo. Never do you feel so insignificant as when you’re by yourself on a mountain. Never do things feel as hard as when the only person you can rely on is yourself. And never do you feel so accomplished as when you push yourself on your own.

Here’s a full list of films screened at this year’s Trail Running Film Festival:

  • From The Shadow Of A Mountain by Alex Massey
  • Solo by Ellie Green
  • Chasing Crazy by Lady Mountain Films
  • Run Free by Ethan DeLorenzo
  • The Reality of Running by Milo Zanecchia
  • Faith in the Future by Adam Wells and Ryan Scura
  • Footprints Running Camp by Max Romey
  • Nettie From Ohio by Jessica Vandenbush
  • Out Trails by Nick Danielson

You can find a full list of festival dates and locations here.

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